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'Writers in Peace and War' is Theme for 2009 Literary Festival

"Writers in Peace and War" is the theme for ODU's 32nd Annual Literary Festival, which ends today, Friday, Oct. 9.

Using the light of literature to examine the theme of war and peace, the writers, veterans, visual artists and photographers participating in this year's festival will share their stories in an attempt to map out the complex landscape from World War II through the present.

Events for Friday, Oct. 9

11 a.m. Jon Pineda, University Village Bookstore

  • Pineda is the author of "The Translator's Diary," winner of the Green Rose Prize for Poetry, and "Birthmark," winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. His memoir, "Sleep In Me," is forthcoming in 2010 from the University of Nebraska Press.

2 p.m. Luisa Igloria, University Village Bookstore

  • Igloria's work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, The Missouri Review, and more. Her most recent collection, "Juan Luna's Revolver," is the recipient of the 2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize for poetry from the University of Notre Dame Press. Igloria is the director of Old Dominion University's MFA in Creative Writing program.

4 p.m.  Lesléa Newman, University Village Bookstore

  • Newman is the author off 55 books for adults and children, including the short story collection, "A Letter to Harvey Milk;" the poetry collection, "Nobody's Mother;" and the children's classic, "Heather Has Two Mommies." Her literary awards include creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, and a Parents' Choice Silver Medal. She is the Poet Laureate of Northhampton, Mass.

7 p.m.  - Reception, Atrium of Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Building

7:30 p.m.  - Steve Almond, Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Building

  • Almond is the author of two story collections, "My Life in Heavey Metal" and "The Evil B.B. Chow; the novel, "Which Brings Me To You" (with Julianna Baggott); and the non-fiction book, "Candyfreak."

Thanks to his comical and irreverent style, Almond's reading this evening is a much anticipated event. Festival co-director Michael Pearson had the following to say in a recent online interview with AltDaily:

"He's a little crazy in an absolutely sane way. If this were One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, he'd be McMurphy. He'll end the Festival on Friday night, and I can only guess what will happen. I hear the governor has called out the National Guard in advance."

For a full schedule of events and list of participants, visit http://www.lib.odu.edu/litfest/32nd/index.htm.

Follow a live blog about the literary festival at www.altdaily.com.

The Old Dominion University Literary Festival is funded in part by the Norfolk Commission on Arts and Humanities.

This article was posted on: October 9, 2009

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